6.3/10
1,719
29 user 30 critic

Lamb (2015)

R | | Drama | 12 January 2016 (USA)
Trailer
2:01 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
When a man meets a young girl in a parking lot he attempts to help her avoid a bleak destiny by initiating her into the beauty of the outside world. The journey shakes them in ways neither expects.

Director:

Ross Partridge

Writers:

Bonnie Nadzam (novel), Ross Partridge (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Off Hours (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A waitress working the night shift at a roadside diner in a small, industrial town becomes intrigued by a charming truck driver, while the diner's owner struggles to keep his dwindling business afloat.

Director: Megan Griffiths
Stars: Amy Seimetz, Alice Bridgforth, Tony Doupe
Lamb (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

"Lamb" focuses on the relationship between Brother Michael Lamb (Liam Neeson), a teacher in a Roman Catholic-run institution for troubled boys in Ireland, and 10-year-old Owen Kane (Hugh ... See full summary »

Director: Colin Gregg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Harry Towb, Hugh O'Conor
Dragon Day (2013)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A family getaway to a mountain town turns deadly when China launches a massive cyberattack against the USA, forcing former NSA engineer Duke Evans to fight to save his wife and daughter in the New World Order.

Director: Jeffrey Travis
Stars: Ethan Flower, Osa Wallander, Jenn Gotzon Chandler
Mr. Sadman (2009)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

1990, Baghdad: Mounir, an impressionable and sheltered Saddam Hussein body-double, is blissfully unaware of the impending events that vow to unravel his life. When an angry dissenter ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Epino
Stars: Al No'mani, Scoot McNairy, Rudy Ramos
The Normals (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Wallowing in debt, Billy enrolls in a clinical drug trial to make a quick buck. Why not? Carted out of NYC on a bus full of oddballs, he and the rest of the "Normals," are tagged, prodded ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Patrick Connors
Stars: Bryan Greenberg, Mishka Balilty, Brooke Bloom
Damsel (2015)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A coming-of-age story about a tough and troubled little girl who runs away from her self-obsessed father and, in the vast and colorful New England woods, develops a close friendship with an... See full summary »

Director: Douglas James Burgdorff
Stars: Jeté Laurence, Oona Laurence, Evan Todd
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his eleven-year old niece, Sophia, for a few hours.

Director: Shawn Christensen
Stars: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Emmy Rossum
Una (2016)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A woman confronts an older man, her former neighbour, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship.

Director: Benedict Andrews
Stars: Ruby Stokes, Rooney Mara, David Shields
The Lie I (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A man's life is altered unexpectedly after telling a lie to get out of work.

Director: Joshua Leonard
Stars: Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler, Kelli Garner
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Skeeter Freeman is struggling in a sea of boiled peanuts and debt. Only two things keep him from becoming an AWM - his upcoming nuptials, and his two best friends. Walt - a boiled peanut ... See full summary »

Director: Brian James O'Connell
Stars: Scoot McNairy, Matt Berry, Mary Birdsong
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Two codependent roommates, on the verge of eviction, flee New York for the promise of sunshine in Los Angeles where their friendship is tested by a chance at fame, a fortune teller and an amorous wealthy aunt.

Directors: Jennifer Prediger, Jess Weixler
Stars: Jess Weixler, Jennifer Prediger, Megan Mullally
Sexless (2003)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two twenty-something couples are entwined in a gut-wrenching and sex-crazed last month in Austin, Texas. Having made plans to leave town, they all seize fleeting opportunities and reexamine their relationships.

Director: Alex Holdridge
Stars: Alex Holdridge, Brian McGuire, Kelly Dealyn
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ross Partridge ... David Lamb
Oona Laurence ... Tommie
Jess Weixler ... Linny
Tom Bower ... Foster
Scoot McNairy ... Jesse
Lindsay Pulsipher ... Linda
Jennifer Lafleur ... Melissa
Joel Murray ... Wilson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ron Burkhardt ... Walter Lamb
Ketrick 'Jazz' Copeland ... Security Guard
Iris Elliot Iris Elliot ... Melissa's Daughter
Amirah Griffin Amirah Griffin ... Tommie's Friend #1
Mark Kelly ... Radio Reporter (voice)
John Kemp John Kemp ... Foster's neighbor
Kay Kemp Kay Kemp ... Foster's neighbor
Edit

Storyline

Lamb, based on the novel by Bonnie Nadzam, traces the self-discovery of David Lamb in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness, and takes Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her into the beauty of the mountain wilderness. The journey shakes them in ways neither expects.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Innocence walks a fine line

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing behavior, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ягнёнок See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,150, 10 January 2016

Gross USA:

$14,547
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence's mother was very supportive of her participation in the film. "I was worried that the parents wouldn't understand the approach, the intent, and why we were telling this story; it gave me a lot of confidence when they did." See more »

Quotes

David Lamb: If you discover that one day you hate me and you're angry with me and that I've ruined your life, at any time, if I'm 90, you'll tell me, won't you?
Tommie: Gary...
David Lamb: You'll buy a pair of steel-toed boots and you will find me all alone and dried up and sick in a nursing home and you'll kick my fucking teeth in.
Tommie: Please don't say that.
David Lamb: You will outgrow me. You will forget everything.
Tommie: No, I won't.
See more »

Soundtracks

Windows
Written by Angel Olsen
Performed by Angel Olsen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Innocence Walks a Fine Line, Indeed
7 January 2017 | by ztmillers-2See all my reviews

Ross Partridge directs and stars in "Lamb," a 2015 film following David Lamb (played by Ross Partridge), a man in his late forties who is quickly becoming aware of his disintegrating goodness. He encounters a girl named Tommie (played by Oona Lawrence). Though she's only eleven years old, David is aware that she is in danger of becoming just as defeated by life as he is. The two connect, and a friendship grows. In an effort to save Tommie from becoming just like him, David invites Tommie away from the city and into the country heartland he grew up in. What follows is a journey of self- discovery for both David and Tommie, culminating in an emotional bond that neither of them could have predicted.

The main character's choice to befriend an eleven year old girl is at the center of the film's controversy. The film pays a price for having a protagonist who crosses social sanctioned boundaries in trying to do the right thing, scaring off potential viewers. Partridge was very aware of this controversy, and the ethics of their relationship is one of the continuing topics within the film: Is David going to get in trouble for his behavior? Does he deserve to get in trouble? For the sake of not trying to force my perception of their relationship, I won't try too hard to persuade you one way or another.

It is important, however, to note that while Tommie and David are constantly thrown into circumstances that force them to confront the delicacy of their situation, their relationship never approaches a sexual nature. You needn't worry about David peeking at Tommie in the bathroom, or anything similar.

Ross Partridge and Oona Lawrence embody their characters so naturally. What they do here should barely be called acting. More like being. Partridge is given the complex task of having to convey deep confusion to the audience, but confidence when he's with his costar. Fortunately, he's able to pull this off and articulate David's personal journey at every stage with perfection. Despite her young age, Lawrence demonstrates remarkable acting in such a demanding role, conveying innocence and intelligence simultaneously. More impressive than the acting ability of either individual is the chemistry between the two leads. They aren't the only actors in the film, but still carry the film mostly between the two of them. Fortunately, they carry it just fine.

One element of the film that really surprised me was the cinematography, specifically the number of landscape shots. Even images of the city, which is supposed to represent a metaphorical prison for both characters, look tranquil. This form is consistent throughout the film as the background changes to hotel lobbies to the roadside to the country. These landscape shots were amplified by the music underscoring each scene.

The recurring piano score endowed the film with a sort of innocence, a hopefulness that neither of the protagonists have a surplus of. It's especially helpful early on as Tommie and David's relationship starts to bud. Probably the single best tool the film used to alleviate the uncertainty we feel toward David at the beginning.

Assuming he'd prefer viewers to not be drowned by David's unconventional behavior, I'd suggest to Partridge that he give increased cognizance of Tommie's sad home life to David. The easiest argument against David having ill intentions is that he was trying to save Tommie from wasting away in neglect, and even an unconventional intervention is better than no intervention at all. While we see that David is aware of Tommie's situation, further enunciating that Tommie would be worse off without him would make his actions much more understandable. This would have been much more helpful, not to mention economic, than David or Tommie intermittently commenting, "This is weird. He, he."

Lamb is bold in a way many films claim to be but seldom are. Not everyone is going to accept Partridge's direction, which is understandable. Lamb may be aggressive in how it breaks social norms, but in the wake of Partridge's loud experiment is a delicately crafted film. The liberation afforded to this movie allows for a very honest exploration of good intentions, redemption, and the nature of love, in the process creating a relationship that manages to be both powerful and tender. I'm not sure I've seen anything like it anywhere else in the film world. The closest I can think of would be Leon: The Professional. One thing is for sure, much like David and Tommie are changed by their adventure, you will never be the same after watching this film.


7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 29 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed